Three people serve as county chair in 2018

There was a trickle down effect that came out of the March 20 Republican primary for the 101st Illinois House seat.

Bement discusses sirens upgrade

Tony Price, a volunteer firefighter with the Bement fire department, spoke to the village board Jan. 8 about needed upgrades to the emergency alert system.

“We used to have a full-time fire department, but that’s not the case anymore,” he said.

School finances solid

There is an advantage to higher interest rates when you have money in the bank. That’s what the Monticello school board learned on Jan. 16.

A move of funds from a low-earning checking account to higher-interest money market funds should earn the district significantly more over the next year.

Woodham named an Exemplary Teacher

Monticello High School industrial art teacher Ryan Woodham has been named an Exemplary Teacher by the Illinois Career and Technical Education organization. It allows him to participate in the ILCTA Innovate Curriculum Resources Project’s 2019 Exemplary CTA Teacher Program, including an expenses-paid trip to a training event Feb.

Town hall meeting to discuss bullying

A town hall meeting to discuss the issue of bullying will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the DeLand-Weldon school cafeteria.

White Heath home damaged

Nobody was injured in a Sunday evening fire in White Heath.

Mid-Piatt Fire Chief Doug Foster said he was the first person to see a single story building on Orange Street on fire at 4:38 p.m.

A large black cloud could be seen overhead.

Families taking advantage of Monticello Y-Zone

The Monticello Y-Zone before- and after-school program was seen as a test case for a possible YMCA branch in town.

Davis a ranking member of subcommittee

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) on Jan. 17 was named Ranking Member for the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member by Sam Graves (R-Mo.).

MAEF 'Black Jack and Black Tie' fundraiser

Tickets are on sale for the Monticello Area Education Foundation (MAEF) 2019 fundraiser, “Black Jack and Black Tie – 21 Years of MAEF.” The event will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Allerton Mansion.

Mudpuppy Festival is Feb. 2

The Second Annual Mudpuppy Festival is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at Monarch Brewing Co., 212 S. Independence St., Monticello. The event celebrates one of the unique creatures of the Sangamon River.

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